The Militarization of America

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The Militarization of America

Post by holley » Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:09 am

"If we feel less safe today than ever before, it is because the entire culture has organized itself with the dual objective of either perpetrating violence or defending itself from violence."

https://www.counterpunch.org/2003/05/03 ... s-culture/
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One way to demilitarize

Post by holley » Sun Feb 25, 2018 7:22 am

Voting, as a system for implementing democracy, is a proven failure leading to undemocratic results. Perhaps choosing office holders as we select juries, by lottery, is worth exploring.
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the United States of Sparta

Post by holley » Wed Mar 21, 2018 6:09 am

Sparta, a militarized state, held elections. Athens, a democracy, selected officials by lottery.
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Re: The Militarization of America

Post by holley » Thu Mar 22, 2018 4:34 am

"This March marked the 15th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.

In 2003, President George W. Bush and his advisers based their case for war on the idea that Saddam Hussein, then dictator of Iraq, possessed weapons of mass destruction — weapons that have never been found. Nevertheless, all these years later, Bush’s “Global War on Terror” continues — in Iraq and in many other countries.

It’s a good time to reflect on what this war — the longest in U.S. history — has cost Americans and others around the world.

First, the economic costs: According to estimates by the Costs of War project at Brown University’s Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, the war on terror has cost Americans a staggering $5.6 trillion since 2001, when the U.S. invaded Afghanistan.

$5.6 trillion. This figure includes not just the Pentagon’s war fund, but also future obligations such as social services for an ever-growing number of post-9/11 veterans.

It’s hard for most of us to even begin to grasp such an enormous number.

It means Americans spend $32 million per hour, according to a counter by the National Priorities Project at the Institute for Policy Studies."
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Defund the Pentagon

Post by holley » Fri May 01, 2020 6:43 am

The environmental justice movement that is surging globally is intentionally intersectional, showing how global warming is connected to issues such as race, poverty, migration and public health. One area intimately linked to the climate crisis that gets little attention, however, is militarism. Here are some of the ways these issues — and their solutions — are intertwined.

https://truthout.org/articles/we-can-sa ... re+Buttons
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Military impotence

Post by holley » Sat May 02, 2020 6:14 am

“Our world faces a common enemy: COVID-19,” United Nations Secretary General António Guterres said on March 23rd. “The virus does not care about nationality or ethnicity, faction or faith. It attacks all, relentlessly. Meanwhile, armed conflict rages on around the world…The fury of the virus illustrates the folly of war. That is why today, I am calling for an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world. It is time to put armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our lives.”

Guterres’ ceasefire plea has yielded some positive results. By April 3rd, he reported ceasefires in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Colombia, Libya, Burma/Myanmar,

https://www.democracynow.org/2020/4/30/ ... _virus_the
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Demilitarization

Post by holley » Sun May 03, 2020 8:14 am

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Vietnam Veterans War Memorials

Post by holley » Mon May 04, 2020 1:34 pm

Multiple Traveling Vietnam Veteran Memorial Walls have drawn tens of thousands at hundreds of locations across the US over the past decades. Last summer in Saugerties, NY, I shuffled respectfully along before one such gleaming monument, assisting an occasional pilgrim finding the name of a loved one etched in stone.

The benefits of catharsis, shared sacred ground, podium for a select few and economic boost to the community were obvious. My anger was a surprise.

I had come to acknowledge Bob Casey, a high school friend and fellow Navy Corpsman, killed while I safely worked the wards at a Naval Hospital. The presence of a Boy Scout troop (Bob was an Eagle Sout) triggered my outrage. I clearly saw the wall for what was; a bright shinning lie. The surface benefits mask a deeper evil.

These monuments are recruiting tools. Our beloved children line up, exposed, before these clever idols to become names on the next. We know 58,320 Americans and somewhere between 3-6 million others were butchered, an inexplicable inexactitude considering the emphasis on body counts.
All those deaths are a blot on our souls. Recruiting children for war is the ultimate obscenity.

Brainstorming ways to keep these walls out of our communities would be welcomed as well as alternative event ideas.
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National Security

Post by holley » Tue May 05, 2020 6:38 am

“At a time of global pandemic, most Americans need a guarantee of health care. They do not need a new nuclear arsenal, they do not need new submarines, they do not need new aircraft carriers, they do not need new jet fighters, they do not need new amphibious force landing craft, they do not need new tanks, they do not need new armored personnel carriers, they do not need new missile systems, they do not even need a standing army....”
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Jimmy Carter

Post by holley » Sat May 09, 2020 2:43 pm

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Re: The Militarization of America

Post by holley » Sun May 24, 2020 6:24 pm

“The point I am trying to make here is a simple and obvious one, or would be in a society not burdened with a two-pronged ideology of extreme militarism and extreme individualism. It is this: In feeding the military-industrial complex so richly at this time, we are starving ourselves of many vital things and weakening ourselves as a society, perhaps to the point of suicide. We are in effect sacrificing our future on the altar of American imperialism, which like some dark god of the past, is ever hungry and can be assuaged only by human life.”

https://www.counterpunch.org/2020/05/22 ... of-plague/
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